19th May 2015 English | Tongan Cabinet has approved a major ministry transfer in which the Tourism department would move from the Ministry of Labour, Commerce, and Tourism to be under the Ministry of Infrastructure. This transfer will be effective 1 June 2015.
The transfer was approved last Friday 15 May 2015 before the Honorable Prime Minister left for the PALM7 meeting in Japan.
This transfer makes Hon. ‘Etuate Lavulavu the new Minister of Tourism, and Mr. Ringo Fa’oliu continues to be the Chief Executive of all services under the Ministry of Infrastructure.
The Tourism department will continue to use the Tonga Visitors Bureau (TVB) office and other facilities elsewhere.
The outgoing Minister of Tourism, Hon. Dr. Pohiva Tu’i’onetoa, and the incoming Minister, Hon. ‘Etuate Lavulavu, will be working together for a smooth transition before 1 June.